June 7, 2010 2:11 PM
"I just like the quiet." That's what one person who enjoyed Sunday's Ride The Drive told me as she biked along with me along six miles of downtown streets that we opened up to bikers, walkers, strollers, rollerbladers and anybody not in a car. And it was quiet, except for all the kids happily chattering with their parents and each other. We made a special attempt to reach out to families, who are looking for a free, family-friendly event close to home this summer.
The RTD is a chance to see (and hear) your city in a different way. It's hard to describe until you've been there, but you see the town from different angles and you experience major streets with just the sound of human voices. It's so great that we're going to do it again on August 29th when Lance Armstrong will join us for the experience.
Thanks to everyone who made Sunday's event a great success. City staff in Parks, Police, Traffic Engineering, Information Technology and the Public Health of Madison and Dane County all played a big role in making things run so smoothly. And costs to the city were kept to a minimum thanks to the financial contributions of Trek Bicycles, Group Health Cooperative, Pacific Cycle, Madison Gas & Electric, Metcalfe's Market, and Williamson Bicycle Works and Fitness.